Movie review: Action Jackson
Star Cast: Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Manasvi Mamgai, Yami Gautam
Director : Prabhu Dheva
Action Jackson, the peculiar new film from Prabhudheva. Ajay Devgn’s transform from a non dancer to a dancer on the choreography of grat dancer cum director Prabhu deva with the music of Himesh Reshamiya. And to prove their macho-ness. Ajay Devgn’s double role, Vishy gali ka goonda, and his look-alike, the sword-wielder AJ, whose chief ability is to slice and dice humans.
Vishy’s girl is the wide-eyed Khushi (Sonakshi Sinha) Sonakshi Sinha is a chronically unlucky girl who walks into a changing room where Devgn is trying on some new orange underwear. he film, from this point unfolding with all the slick-but-unsubtle schlock of a video game cutscene, explores both her libido (as she sits on couches with her legs splayed wide) and her obsession, as she decides to hack away at Devgn’s loved ones till he’s forced to be with her. Khushi and Vishi are in love and he has promised her that he will stop bashing up people.
But that promise is short lived because he has to help AJ (Ajay Devgn), Vishi’s lookalike Manasvi Mamgai, the unquestioned highlight of the movie, seems to be enjoying the attention and very less attractive role Yami and both Kunal Roy as far seen in the movie.
The first half is a complete assault on the senses, Sonakshi Sinha cannot possibly be allowed to channel 90s Govinda anymore, and it’s cruel to make us watch Devgn try to dance.
Or worse still, watch him fight to music, resulting in highly effeminate Dance Fu, where he clutches at floating toothpicks as if threading invisible canapés. Ajay Devgn is the only good part of this 145 minutes of nothing, he is sincere and does his part with full honesty; be it dance or action. Sonakshi Sinha continues to take up meaningless roles in commercial films which don’t do any good to her.
Therefore both halves of the film — which involve an Ajay apiece, since the film has two of them — are about women wanting Ajay’s, um, piece. Flattering as this may seem, it turns the leading man into a led man, a prop for girls to fight over and build a story around.
Prabhudeva is one of our best choreographers, his talent is unmatched when it comes to dance moves. But it’s quite clear that choreography and direction are two different things. It’s best to not mix the two. This could have been an entertainingly retro comic-book revenge saga, especially because it has a dashing bad girl who has more screen time, and much more neon-lit presence, than everyone else in the flick.
This could have been an entertainingly retro comic-book revenge saga, especially because it has a dashing bad girl who has more screen time, and much more neon-lit presence, than everyone else in the flick.